With 2022 well underway and spring now here, I am eager for what’s to come in the next few months for AAST, its members, and the sleep community and profession.
As many of you know, AAST has been working since the beginning of 2021 to understand current and anticipated market conditions in the field of sleep technology to better prepare those in the profession to address and/or adjust to trends. In March of 2021, we reached out to our members to not only participate in a workforce survey, but to share their current job roles, practices and where they believed the future of the sleep field is heading. In September of 2021, AAST leadership, in conjunction with AAST staff, released an executive summary report on the survey’s findings.
With the report now finalized, the AAST Board of Directors and staff will be meeting with industry leaders in early April for a collaborative summit. The goal of this meeting is to review the key findings of the workforce survey and work together to identify areas of the industry in which we can help advance knowledge and understanding, as well as define areas for growth and ways to combat change in a forward-thinking manner. I’ll be sharing key takeaways from the summit in future president’s messages, but in the meantime, if you have not done so already, be sure to view the workforce report here.
Pivoting to AAST education, I’m excited to share that we will be launching two new opportunities this year focused on advancing knowledge around virtual patient monitoring and adult scoring rules. As a reminder, members receive discounts on AAST education products; I encourage those who are not members yet to join to take full advantage of our educational offerings, including the newly released Fundamentals of EKG module series and Enhanced CCSH Designated Education Program Modules.
Lastly, I’d like to take this time to remind members of AAST’s continuing education program. The AAST CEC Program is your all-in-one sleep technology education center and includes resources on RST and RPSGT recertification, the AAST Learning Center, online transcript access, a CEC calendar and education information. If you have any questions regarding CEC logistics or AAST-specific CEC opportunities, I encourage you to reach out to AAST staff via email at email@example.com or by phone at (312) 321-5191.
2022 is off to a great start, and I look forward to sharing more updates on how AAST is helping to advance the sleep industry with you all soon.